Ejide could still make it with Nigeria for the Nations Cup.
Nigeria’s second choice goalkeeper, Austin Ejide, may not be part of the Super Eagles to the Nations Cup unless the medical team certifies him fit to participate in four days time.
Ejide sustained an injury in Nigeria’s friendly match against Cape Verde and further scans revealed he sustained a harm-string injury on his thigh muscle.
Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi said at the team’s training camp in Faro, Portugal on Friday afternoon that Ejide has a harm-string injury that should take about eight days to heal but has been given the extra days to return fully for action.
“In fact, he should be ready for our opening group game against Burkina Faso on January 21”, he said.
“The doctor has explained that he has started his recovery therapy already and in four days, before we leave Portugal for South Africa, we should have a progress report on whether he has improved or not.
“ If we have any negatives we may be forced to make a change but we don’t expect that. However we are still keeping Daniel Akpeyi in camp to forestall any unforeseen circumstance”, Keshi explained.
Meanwhile, the national team has celebrated the naming of first choice keeper, Vincent Enyeama, as Africa’s best goalkeeper for last year, with Keshi urging Enyeama to demonstrate his selection by putting up a solid performance at the AFCON 2013 championship in South Africa.
All Super Eagles players clapped away when Keshi made the announcement and said that the national team does not need a better morale booster than one of their own being picked as the best in the continent and number 48 in the world.
“We trust that Enyeama will prove he’s Africa’s number one when the SA 2013 championship starts” he said.
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